`Ought' Conversationally Implies `Can'

  title={`Ought' Conversationally Implies `Can'},
  author={W. Sinnott-Armstrong},
  journal={The Philosophical Review},
The principle that 'ought' implies 'can' is often taken for granted in discussions of determinism, moral dilemmas, and other areas of practical reasoning. Yet the principle is seldom discussed critically or in detail. A complete discussion would include analyses of the controversial terms 'ought' and 'can', but I need not here undertake such enterprises. Any plausible analyses which do not beg the question are compatible with what I have to say, except where noted.' My focus will be on the… Expand
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